Armenien -Türkei

Press release by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign of the Republic of Armenia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey

Berne, Yerevan, Ankara, 31 August 2009

The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey have agreed to start their internal
political consultations on the two protocols - the "Protocol on the
establishment of diplomatic relations" and the "Protocol on the development of
bilateral relations" - which have been initiated in the course of their efforts
under Swiss mediation.

The two Protocols provide
for a framework for the normalization of their bilateral relations within a
reasonable timeframe. The political consultations will be completed within six
weeks, following which the two Protocols will be signed and submitted to the
respective Parliaments for the ratification on each side. Both sides will make
their best efforts for the timely progression of the ratification in line with
their constitutional and legal procedures.

normalization of bilateral relations will contribute to the regional peace and
stability. The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey are committed their joint efforts
with the assistance of Switzerland.